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Friday, September 30, 2022

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...The decision means that Sweden, which has sought NATO membership along with neighboring Finland, will lift an arms embargo it had imposed on Ankara in 2019 after Turkey's military operation against the Kurdish militia known as the YPG in Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened to block the Nordic pair's membership, insisting they change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists and lift the arms embargo on Turkey. NATO operates by consensus so Turkey needs to approve.

"Sweden's application for membership in NATO greatly strengthens the defense and security policy reasons for granting the export of military equipment to other member states, including Turkey," the Inspectorate for Strategic Products, a Swedish administrative authority, said in a statement.

Once-neutral Finland and Sweden are abandoning what in Sweden's case has been 200 years of military nonalignment, driven to join NATO's mutual defense pact in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its continuing war there....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-30 10:56 AM | Reply

Ukraine accelerates NATO bid as Russia annexes seized areas

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#2 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-09-30 11:19 AM | Reply

When will the UN kick Russia off of the Security Council? The time has come to do it.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-09-30 01:26 PM | Reply

When will the UN kick Russia off of the Security Council? The time has come to do it.

I don't think there is any mechanism to do that. Like amending the US Constitution, it's technically possible but not realistic.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-30 01:30 PM | Reply

The USSR had a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. There isn't any indication the UN officially made Russia a member. Their having been "grandfathered in" could leave loopholes as big as a HIMAR rocket crater.

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-09-30 01:46 PM | Reply

I hope the Turks and the Kurds in Eastern Turkey sees the opportunity to make peace before the next round of instability.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-30 01:49 PM | Reply

And the legality of Russian succession to the UN seat has been questioned by some international lawyers ...

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-09-30 01:49 PM | Reply

And the legality of Russian succession to the UN seat has been questioned by some international lawyers ...

It's been over 30 years now... how are those questions working out?

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-30 02:01 PM | Reply

It's been over 30 years now... how are those questions working out?

#8 | Posted by REDIAL

They weren't invading other countries 30 years ago, or committing war crimes by the thousands.

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-09-30 02:02 PM | Reply

Russia didn't get the boot when they invaded Afghanistan when they crushed hungry or over their horrific occupation of East Germany Poland and the entire Eastern block.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-30 02:43 PM | Reply

Putin's latest award will be displayed next to his Super Bowl ring.

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-09-30 02:52 PM | Reply

That's a shame, Turkey is a POS lite version of Afghanistan.

And going further down the same road as the rest of the muslim backwards snot hole countries.

They should be kicked out of NATO and all their advanced weapons destroyed or repossessed.

Maybe a little biological warfare to cull the worthless herd.

Mustafa Kemal Atatrk is rolling in his grave.

#12 | Posted by billy_boy at 2022-09-30 09:33 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Tor

The distinction is the USSR invaded Afghanistan - not Russia. The US wasn't kicked out for invading Iraq either.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-10-01 11:41 AM | Reply

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